Via a Monday afternoon news release, Bishop Mark Seitz of the Diocese of El Paso has mandated that Parishes inside of El Paso County remain in suspended status of the Diocesan Protocols for Church Gatherings.
“By keeping our parishes in El Paso County to suspended status, we will do our part to continue to ensure the safety of not only our Catholic Faithful, but all members of our El Paso Community,” Bishop Seitz said.
“I urge you to continue to pray for our entire community and especially for those who are ill at this time and for our leaders. You are in my prayers as well. United in love for one another we will come through these difficult times,” he ended.
The guidelines, that originally went into effect of October 27th, state that all church gatherings are limited to just those necessary to facilitate the gathering or live-streaming of Mass, not to exceed 10 people.
Funerals, weddings, baptisms, and similar liturgies are postponed. Church meetings and classes should either be postponed or held virtually. Churches will be closed. Confession is available by appointment only.
Bishop Seitz and the Diocese of El Paso will be monitoring the COVID-19 spread in the coming weeks to determine action on when reopening to Phase One would be possible.
The Catholic Diocese of El Paso added that they continue to urge all residents of El Paso County to remain at home to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.